How to add oil pressure gauge to Super A?

Mon Mar 27, 2006 8:50 pm

I'm surprised my '52 Super A does not have an oil pressure gauge like my '52 Cub.

I'd like to add one - is there a convenient place to do so?

Same spot as Cub?

Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:31 pm

Allen, unless your Super A is that different than my B, the gauge is in the similar location as the Cubs, on the oil filter housing facing rearward. Is there a small pipe plug there instead? If the Super is not the same, look on the crankcase behind and below the oil filter housing. The larger Farmalls used a threaded 1/8 pipe connection and piped to the gauge mounted elsewhere. Good Luck

Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:36 pm

I just looked at my parts cd, and it shows one on the rear of the oil filter base.

Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:38 pm

same as my C.

Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:05 am

John I could not find that in my parts manual, but I am missing a few pages... Do you recall what section you were looking in?

Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:05 am

Allen: Just checked location on my SA. It mounts on the rear side of the base of the oil filter housing, probably a couple of inches forward of the junction of torque tube and motor. There should be a small threaded tube extending from the base of housing or a threaded indentation if tube is located on the guage. I didn't want to remove mine to see which is the male part. Dan

Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:02 am

Allen, the parts cd is layed out a little different than the book, but it is the illustration showing the block and camshaft.

Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:40 am

Aha! There it is, much closer to the beginning of the book than I was originally looking. :)

Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:53 pm

Aye, here's the rub!

I don't have a hole there, because my engine is not the original Super A engine, it's a transplant from a power unit apparently! Now I need to find a different spot for the gauge?

This is the closest pic I have of that area...


Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:08 am

If I remember right a C or SC have the same bloc as the SA.
You might think about rebuilding a engine & just switching them.
fresh ,tight engine & correct mounting to the bell housing.

Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:18 am

Hey, that's a great idea!

I could have the engine rebuilt without giving up use of the tractor!

I think a lot of the tractors used the C113 engine, so now all I have to do is find one... :?

Anyone have a spare C113 lying around in need of a refresh? A, Super A, 100, 130, 140,... :D

Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:33 am


I think the power units had a port on the side of the block for an oil gauge. Might be some "creative plumbing" could get you a gauge you could actually read from the seat!

Building a "correct" engine would be pretty easy. Anything from a Super A through a 230 would work. Of course a Super C and up will be a 123 but it still should be a direct boltup. A 140 motor will be a little different in the front cover area (They had a water pump integral with the fan hub for example) and I don't know if that would bolt up right or not.